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{February 17, 2010}   Two Book Finds

Two books I’m dying to get my hands on. I’m always into psychology-based books and I’m so into science non-fiction these days:

Brian Dillon’s new book The Hypochondriacs: Nine Tormented Lives, out now and The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York By Deborah Blum, (scroll a little down after you click on the link) which comes out tomorrow 2.18.10.

The Hypochonriacs follows, well, nine hypochonriacs and follows them as the disease affects their lives and The Poisoner’s Handbook is about:

“Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Deborah Blum traces the birth of forensic toxicology to a laboratory in New York’s Bellevue Hospital in the 1920s. We follow bluff, fiercely driven chief medical examiner Charles Norris as he launches a one-man crusade against the corruption and lassitude that beset criminal investigations in the years leading up to his tenure. Together with his trusted lead toxicologist, the shy Alexander Gettler, he devises new techniques to test for the presence of once-undetectable chemicals, and ultimately makes New York City a much tougher place for would-be poisoners to get away with murder…”(via


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